MILWAUKEE -- Way back when Mike Scioscia was winning his first game as a manager, Bud Black and Ron Roenicke were at his side.
"I sent him a text, and told him, 'I still remember the first one,'" Black said Monday, a day after Scioscia's 1,000th career win.
Black was Scioscia's pitching coach for seven years, until he left to manage the Padres. Roenicke was an Angels coach for 11 years, until he left last winter to manage the Brewers.
Somehow, it seems appropriate that the day after his milestone win, two of his ex-coaches faced off as managers, with Black's Padres visiting Roenicke's Brewers Monday night.
There are three of them now, Black and Roenicke and Joe Maddon, a Scioscia coach for six years before he left for Tampa Bay.
Maddon has won a manager of the year award. Black won one last year.
And Scioscia is still winning games with the Angels.
"I knew [back then] that he was going to be a successful manager," Black said Monday.
Black and Maddon have met twice in interleague series, with the Padres winning two of three games each time. But, as Black pointed out, his record against Scioscia isn't nearly as good.
They met in one interleague series, in 2009. The Angels swept the series, outscoring the Padres, 26-7.
"When you work with someone, you know what they are . . . and you still can't stop him," Black said.